Healthy Habits: Getting the most nutrition from collards and sweet potatoes

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - Collards and sweet potatoes are Eastern Carolina staples.

In this month's Healthy Habits segment with Vidant Health, Dr. David Michael and Chef Benjamin Battle share ways to put a healthy spin on some classic dishes.

The collard green and sweet potato salad is full of vitamin K and potassium.

Chef Battle took raw collard, washed them, blanched them and tossed them in italian dressing with cashews and feta cheese. He added in some diced and roasted sweet potatoes and left chicken cutlets on the side.

Dr. Michael says Eastern Carolina has a high prevalence of chronic diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

He says lifestyle changes including dietary adjustments can help treat and control some illnesses and help patients lessen their need for medication.

Sweet potatoes and green leafy vegetables like those used for collards are high in fiber, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins in their natural forms.

Dr. Michael says a whole plant based diet remains the only intervention that has been shown to reverse heart disease and those studies date back to as early as 1990 and he has seen first-hand how a lifestyle change can help Type 2 diabetics come off all their insulin and oral diabetic medications by converting to a whole plant based diet.

Nutrition and Dietary counseling is available through Vidant Health at Vidant Wellness Centers across Eastern Carolina.

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